Went back to Lolita on Saturday night. Called around 7 asked how 8:30 was looking and hostess (presumably) said, we dont take reservations, come on down.
For some (silly) reason I thought that getting there around 8:30 /9:00 would be good but, we got there around then and were told a hours wait (why couldn't the hostess has said we will have an hour+ wait at that time????). Huh. Well, once there we said OK (she took our cell and would call us so we could wander the hood). Got back to Lolita just in advance of her call and then found out that two tables had opened up in the middle of what I called the war zone. I have never ever been in a louder place. I asked if we could hold out for a few moments to see if the two-top in the front or the 4 top on the sidewalk opened up. She said yup and we waited another 15 min and voila.
Good god its loud in there.
Started with sautéed octopus and calamari with grilled mango and tomatillos and something. It was good tender octopus and calamari but seemed slightly boring I know this description doesnt help you much but I HAD beens prepared for the stuffed grilled calamari (off the menu, hopefully temporarily) and ordered the empanadas instead only to learn that they had run out SO ended up with this octopus/calamari action. My boyfriend had seared queso fresco with olive oil, chorizo and a sort of pepper served with warm tortillas. Now THIS was good, even though it could have been warmer I know that queso fresco wont get gooey gooey gooey but still his cubes were still very cube-y (saw another diners queso and it was gooeier) although the mesh of flavors was rockin.
I couldnt get anything other than the entrée I had had before enchiladas verde (with jack cheese and shittake mushrooms, rice and beans) with chipotle grilled shrimp. Still just as good. And, forgive me, but I dont recall the description of my boyfriends dish but it was the steak with , um, sauce, and avocado and yucca mash and it was perfectly done (he remarked that even the Capital Grille gets the temp wrong and Lolita hit the mark .rare ) and the sauce was extraordinary.
Had no room for dessert, finished off the mango/basil margaritas and left to find it quieter on the street. Also they were still taking tables when we left after 11:00 p.m.
I really enjoy the food but the decibel level is a [huge!] turn off for me. The first time I went was a week night and it was dealable. But I think next time I go itll still be a week night and at an unheard of hour, like 6 or something.